University College, like all the colleges of the University of Oxford, is an autonomous self-governing institution. There is a Governing Body, which is composed of all the Fellows of the College, and this is where all strategic decisions or changes to policies are ratified. The College has charitable status and the members of the Governing Body are Trustees of the charity. The unreserved minutes of the Governing Body will be viewable online shortly.

The College also has a number of committees, including the Academic Committee, General Purposes Committee, Development Committee and Finance Committee. The membership of these smaller groups is representative of the Fellowship of the College and is approved annually by the Governing Body. These committees each focus on specific areas and make recommendations to the Governing Body to inform its decision-making.

The Governing Body and a number of the committees have representatives from the JCR and WCR and the contribution that junior members make is highly-valued.

The College has a number of policies, procedures and regulations to guide it; you can access them here. Additionally you may wish to read either the College Statutes and / or College By-Laws (both PDFs, opening in new windows.)

Freedom of Information

University College recognises the need for transparency and takes seriously its responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. As a public body, the College is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and provides a Publication Scheme (PDF, opens in new window) the purpose of which is to give a clear indication of which College publications are routinely accessible. This is to ensure that the public can be informed as far as is reasonably possible of the purpose and nature of College activities and to assist in developing a greater culture of openness in general.

We do not insist on use of our request form. However, we find that it is more helpful for requests to be made on the form because it is designed to support you in providing  the information we need to respond to your request. The form can be emailed to us or posted in hard copy.

Please direct all Freedom of Information requests and queries to the dedicated email address: or, alternatively, please write to the College (University College, Oxford, OX1 4BH) and mark your envelope clearly with ‘Freedom of Information’.